Maintaining Your Bamboo Floor

Increase the longevity of your bamboo floor by following these simple cleaning guidelines.
maintaining bamboo floors
Bamboo flooring is becoming a popular eco-friendly choice among homeowners. As a highly sustainable and durable floor, bamboo is also a great cost-effective alternative to solid hardwood. With a strong aesthetic appeal, bamboo can transform any room with its contemporary and modern feel. If you maintain your bamboo floor correctly, it can last a lifetime. Here are our best tips to make sure your floor remains in tip-top condition:

 

1. Protect the surface from scratches

Particles of dirt and debris brought in from outside can cause significant damage to a floor over time. Help prevent this by placing doormats at the opening of all external doors, making sure to clean them frequently.
Attach floor protectors to the base of your furniture items, particularly those that are moved on a regular basis such as chairs. Avoid walking on bamboo flooring in heeled shoes to prevent unnecessary dents and scratches. If you are a family with pets, keep their claws trimmed regularly for the same reason.

 

2. General cleaning

For regular maintenance, you can vacuum the floor with a brush head or with the bristles down. You can also sweep the floor with a soft electrostatic broom or a flat microfibre mop.
Although bamboo is water resilient, wipe all spills promptly to prevent the boards from expanding and becoming uneven.
Mopping the floor with a neutral PH cleaner is recommended on a weekly basis to remove grime without harming the bamboo planks. Take care to use only a very small amount of water. Cleaning products specifically for bamboo floors are also available.

 

3. Be bamboo friendly

Extreme sunlight and high temperatures can damage bamboo flooring by discolouring the planks or causing them to swell and cup. To reduce this likelihood, ensure the room is well ventilated and install good quality blinds or shades.

 

4. Re-coating

Bamboo floors should not require a re-coating for several years if appropriate maintenance is sustained. If the floor begins to show signs of wear and damage, a refinish may be in order. It is essential to use an approved coating to extend the floor life. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for surface coating information.  

 

How to Make the Most of Small Spaces

Need the solution for making small rooms feel bigger? Look no further. We’ve handpicked some of the best interior tips, from flooring options to wall paint and accessories, helping you to create the illusion of space in a room which has a limited amount.

 

1. Coordinate light walls with light floors

For a fresh and airy feel, opt for neutral coloured walls that will reflect the natural light, visually expanding the room. Choose a similar tone for the flooring that blends well with the wall, providing a good balance of colour. Neutral shades of flooring such as white, light grey or blonde will draw the eye to the furniture as opposed to the room size.

 

2. Flooring uniformity

Consider installing the same floor throughout your home to create continuity as one room will seamlessly flow into the next. Areas will automatically look more spacious especially when submerged in bright natural light. To differentiate between rooms, try adding a circular rug that will break up the angular room shape.

 

3. Think about floorboard length

Wide planks that run parallel to your longest wall will give the impression of more space. For small, square-shaped rooms, extra-long floorboards with no joins can be installed to reach the full length of the room creating depth. Alternatively, short floorboards can also create a similar effect, tricking the eye into thinking the room is larger.

 

4. Opt for raised furniture

Large furniture items on legs will encourage natural light to filter through and make a room feel taller and expansive. Transparent furniture such as marble tables are also great as their reflective surfaces will allow the light to bounce off.
For more height, try adding long curtains and painting your ceilings the same shade as the walls.

 

5. Embrace minimalism

Avoid clutter and unnecessary accessories. Keep the floor space as clear as possible to help a room feel open and airy. Artwork fixed above eye-level can make a room feel taller and a large-scale piece of art will create the illusion of space. For bedrooms, consider investing in mirrored wardrobes. Not only a key accessory for reflecting sunlight, they can also visually double a room in size.